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Is Guido as offensive as the N-word?

Italian Americans, I need your guidance on this.  Is the G-word as offensive as the N-word?  I’m just wondering…I have no insight on this particular term, being from the midwest originally.  I’ve heard all the buzz coming from MTV’s Jersey Shore reality show, and it made me wonder about this.

Is it truly a racial slur?  Was it imposed upon Italian immigrants by Americans who were mad about immigration?  I’m wondering if young Italians are using the term as one of endearment as many African-American youth do (Hey, my n—a!).

Wikipedia: Guido is a slang, derogatory term for a working class urban Italian American. The Guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Primarily, it is used as a demeaning term towards Italian Americans, as the word Guido is derived from either the Italian proper name Guido or a conjugation of the Italian verb Guidare.[1] More recently, it has come to also encompass Italians who conduct themselves as thugs with an overtly macho attitude.

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